Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Few Novels Perfect For Autumn

What is it about the autumn season that makes reading so appealing? It’s difficult to say exactly, but it’s probably the season’s close association with pure comfort. We begin to wear our warmer (and more cuddly) clothes; we sip flavored lattes; we spend a little more recreation time inside, which means curled up on couches and the like. Maybe it’s just that opening up a fresh novel in this situation is particularly appealing.

Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that this is a favorite season for a lot of readers. So I thought I’d look over some of the novels that best suit the season – from the whimsical and fun to the spooky and unnerving. Maybe one of these will strike your fancy this season!

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

There just isn’t a better time to read J.K. Rowling’s legendary fantasy series than the fall. The books’ focus on everything from Halloween to pumpkin juice – plus the general presence of witches and wizards – fits with much of the world’s image of the season. And even if you’ve already read the series, there are plenty of reasons to revisit it, because it always seems to be adapting. Perhaps you’d like to read all the books once more before diving into the play script for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. You might want to check out the new animated Kindle edition of this first book. Or maybe it’s just been a little bit too long since you visited Hogwarts again. This may well be my personal favorite autumn read.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Truth be told, you could go with any number of books by famous mystery authors. Agatha Christie is always a good autumn read, and pretty much any of Doyle’s works will do. But The Hound Of The Baskervilles is one of the best Sherlock Holmes novels, and one with a sort of pseudo-Gothic style that works wonderfully with the season. Reading about a mysterious hound plaguing the dark and misty grounds of a country mansion is almost strangely delightful while you’re curled up on the couch with a warm drink.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein has become known as more of a pop culture symbol than a book over the years. There have been numerous films about Frankenstein’s monster, and several games to follow. Last year just such a game emerged – “Frankenslot’s Monster,” a slot arcade by BetSoft – that was based on the classic tale and specified that that meant the movie more than the book. It’s a fun game and a silly interpretation, but a good indication of how the original tale has been lost a little bit over time. If you’ve never read it before but have relied instead upon adaptations, do yourself a favor and check out Mary Shelley’s work. It’s a beautiful (and at times creepy) story, arguably better than any movies, games, or cartoons that followed.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Is there a story more quintessentially Halloween-y? Even if you don’t happen to celebrate Halloween or you live somewhere the holiday isn’t a big deal, you can appreciate the general imagery of this haunting and entertaining tale. And like Frankenstein, it’s one that a lot of people haven’t actually read, so much as come to know through adaptations and references.

The Shining by Stephen King

There’s probably never been a better time to dive into Stephen King. The legendary horror author is best suited to the autumn and winter seasons, when you can read him in the comfort of your cozy home, and it just so happens that this autumn, King is hotter than ever. The hit movie It, based on his epic novel of the same name, has already earned a sequel, and his series The Dark Tower is all over the place after it received its own cinematic adaptation. Reading either of those works would be a nice fall project as well, but if you’re looking for something a little scarier this season, go for The Shining. It’s actually a terrific, engrossing read, and makes the famous movie even better to watch.

1 comment

  1. Too many choices from Stephen King. I could understand why people may want to read stuff from him during these daysm Especially with Halloween coming up. I love how The Hounds of the Baskervilles is included in this list.


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